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Parents of St Therese are canonised by Pope Francis

By Staff Reporter

Published 19/10/2015

Pope Francis has canonised the Catholic Church's first married couple in modern times, declaring the parents of the beloved St Therese of Lisieux saints in their own right.

Francis told followers gathered in St Peter's Square that the couple, Louis and Zelie Martin, "practised Christian service in the family, creating day by day an environment of faith and love which nurtured the vocations of their daughters".

Francis is particularly devoted to the 19th Century French Carmelite nun, fondly known as 'The Little Flower', who died at the age of 24 in 1897 and was later honoured with the title doctor of the Church.

The Martins bore nine children, only five of whom survived. All five became nuns, including the youngest, Therese, at the age of 15. It's the first time a couple have been canonised as a couple.

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